Title: The Witch Hunter
Author: Virginia Boecker
Published: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company
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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Elizabeth has devoted much of her life so far to becoming one of the best witch hunters in the kingdom. She has worked hard and has earned a stellar reputation that has even drawn notice of the king. But in a surprising twist she stands accused of witchcraft and all of that work seems in vain. The accusations are the first clue that things are not at all as they seem in the kingdom, and Elizabeth soon learns the conspiracy runs far deeper than she could have imagined. She is but a single small target in a larger plot that makes an ally of the enemy and turns friend to foe. Elizabeth learns she will have to rely on those she previously worked against if she’s going to save the kingdom, even if she might not be able to save herself.
Virginia Boecker has created a unique and engaging fantasy world that made for a fun and interesting read. Elizabeth’s journey from hero to purported villain and her quest to save her kingdom, her friends, and her name feels like it could be the start of an epic story. The characters, the plot twists, and the magic of this world all combine to create something that is certainly worth reading.
The ending feels a bit more unresolved than I would have liked, but since this is clearly the beginning of a series, that’s likely forgiven in that more resolution will hopefully be given in the next book. I recommend checking this out if you’re looking for a new YA fantasy world in which to immerse yourself.